Cayman’s emergency services were put on standby at Owen Roberts Airport last week after an odour was reported emanating from the cockpit of a Cayman Airways aircraft.
According to the airline, inspections on the ground in Grand Cayman on Wednesday revealed that one of several ventilation fans had developed a defect in flight, resulting in the unusual odour. The defective fan was replaced, and the aircraft was returned to service with minimal delays to the day’s scheduled operations.
The Cayman Airways flight KX113 was inbound from Miami, Florida, when the unusual odour in the cabin was noticed, the airline said. No abnormalities were indicated in the cockpit, but Cayman Airways Captain Gary Hydes elected to begin an early descent into Grand Cayman as a precautionary measure.
On final approach into Grand Cayman, Captain Hydes informed Air Traffic Control of the odour and as a precaution, requested emergency services to be on standby. The aircraft landed safely without incident.
“Cayman Airways would like to assure everyone that the nature of the defect, while creating an unusual odour, did not impact the safety of the flight,” airline CEO Fabian Whorms said.